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ODCTE honors partners at ABE Conference

ODCTE honors partners at ABE Conference

The Outstanding Overall Achievement award went to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections . Pictured are, from left, Lance Allee, CareerTech ABE specialist; Jeana Ely, ODOC correctional school superintendent; and Letha Bauter, ODCTE ABE state director.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education honored several partners at the Oklahoma Adult Basic Education Conference in Norman recently.

The conference was the primary training and professional development opportunity for adult education instructors in the state for the 2019-20 school year.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections’ adult basic education program received the highest award, the Outstanding Overall Achievement award. The program serves inmates at 24 facilities in Oklahoma, according to ODOC.

Reports to the U.S. Department of Education showed that more than 58 percent of students improved their skills after assistance from the program. Also, 949 inmates received high school equivalency diplomas in 2019, ODOC said.

Also receiving awards were Caddo Kiowa Technology Center and Chickasha Public Schools, most instructional hours per student; Poteau Public Schools and Idabel Public Schools, highest educational functioning level gains per student; and Poteau Public Schools and Red River Technology Center, highest number of high school equivalency diplomas attained per student.

Conference participants attended sessions about math anxiety, algebraic concepts, reading skills, English as a second language, ABE pedagogy, high school equivalency diplomas and more.

ODCTE assumed responsibility for Oklahoma’s adult basic education programs in 2014, after the legislature voted to move the adult education-lifelong learning grant from the Oklahoma State Department of Education to ODCTE.

The Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education provides leadership and resources and assures standards of excellence for a comprehensive statewide system of career and technology education. The system offers programs and services in 29 technology center districts operating on 58 campuses, 394 K-12 school districts, 16 Skills Centers campuses that include three juvenile facilities and 32 adult basic education service providers.

The agency is governed by the State Board of Career and Technology Education and works closely with the State Department of Education and the State Regents for Higher Education to provide a seamless educational system for all Oklahomans.

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